Bought and sold, modern environmentalism?

Seeing as I’m interested in belief systems and how they warp what should be purely intellectual debates, I thought I’d have a nose round some fairly reputable sources and try to sort some wheat from the mountain of chaff. Now I do have a dog in this fight, as during my youth I was a card carrying member of the Green party. I’m firmly on the side of the environment, anti pollution and pro recycling when it’s done properly, not simply sorted and shipped off to landfill. What I’m definitely not on the side of is the Environmental movement as a bought, sold paid for advocacy group used to manipulate markets by foreign investors. I’d heard or chequebook Journalism, but chequebook Environmental protest?

Well, yes. It’s been an open secret for years that various protest groups from both left and right have bolstered their numbers by offering ‘incentives’, mostly for small scale events that they want to look bigger, ‘bussing in’ supporters to areas where there wasn’t really any ‘support’ at all apart from the less with-it residents of various care homes. Not so much ‘rent a mob’ but ‘protest a gran’.

If I can offer a true story of my very own from the times I used to (cough) hang out with (cough, cough, no this isn’t a confession Sarge) what in polite circles was called ‘the rougher type of boy’ there were three separate occasions when a bunch of us greasy looking yobbo’s were gently carousing (No casualties, just a little friendly ‘horseplay’ and discussions regarding the intricacies of various friends social lives) in various drinking establishments to be approached in a faux-matey manner by some grinning soft handed type, telling us earnestly all about some ‘bad people’ who we should go and ‘protest against’. Sometimes we listened, mostly not, before returning to more important matters like motorcycles and where to go in Summer.

A couple of my social circle actually went on two of these ‘protests’ for a free pint and a chance to grope some hippy chicks. These are the large unkempt leather and denim clad gentlemen featuring in numerous police photographs of said events, grinning hugely, with a can of beer in one hand and the other fondling one of the least ugly women. Was that my old mate DA exposing himself? Surely not constable. He must have been experiencing a minor crotch malfunction with his zip. DA was known to have issues in this department, especially with not being able to keep said zip done up in female company. Were incentives offered? Of course, and it was common knowledge that there was cash to be had. Although those I knew who tried to take up the offer were always bitterly disappointed in the amount that was often never paid.

If you want to look up who has been paying for what over here in BC and Canada generally, you could do worse than start with a visit to Vivien Krause’s worthy little web site, which while not encyclopaedic, does have extensive public domain evidence of back door payments to various soi-disant ‘Green’ activist groups. Not to mention the very public big oil sponsorship of Environmental causes from companies like BP, Exxon, Chevron. So much for ‘Big Oil’ being on the side of the ‘deniers’.

BTW; if a ‘science denier’ is someone who does not believe in the scientific method, because without method there is no science, only dogma, then those who bandy the D word around the most are ironically those most guilty of ‘denying science’. Because their faith is belief in fixed constructs, and ‘science’ only deals in facts subject to constant change and update, no-one can be a ‘science believer’, therefore there can be no such thing as a ‘science denier’. Succinctly put; ‘science’ is never settled. Only professional liars and the perpetually befuddled and deluded will say otherwise.

I mean, never mind the Koch brothers, of whom I’d only heard because of their contributions to PBS programming. There are far richer fish to fry. For example Billionaire financier and currency speculator George Soros is a known sponsor of the Tides Foundation, which has backed Vancouver Mayor George Robertson to the tune of over half a million bucks, amongst other things; including the current US Administration’s Internet grab via the ‘Open Society Foundation’ (Oh, the irony). Russian and Chinese funds filter via various shell companies into various advocacy groups back pockets in a massive protectionist financial shell game. Nine bob notes aren’t in it. Never mind the wild Salmon, it’s honesty which is the real endangered species. Frankly it’s the biggest open secret in Canadian politics.

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5 thoughts on “Bought and sold, modern environmentalism?”

  1. I’m honing in on something awfully specific here, but I liked that you highlighted that “‘science’ is never settled.”
    It’s exhausting how often people misrepresent science (and really all studies) as a statement of facts instead of a continuous investigation.

    And of course I agree that the money trail is suspicious. Always is.

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  2. As to buying and selling a political opinion, it has probably come to your (the rest of the worlds) attention, that for quite a few months now, around Germany, there have been tons of Grannys, solicitors, bank managers, window cleaners and dog walkers, to mention a few, protesting on our streets every Monday in Dresden and Wednesday in other citys, against islamisation, and the uncontrolled flood of “asylum seekers” (read “The dole (Welfare) does not pay enough in Romania, I will go to Germany where they pay more.”)

    First it was leaked that the protesters AGAINST these protesters, were being literaly bussed from school classes, wherby they were threatened with a “not present day” if they did not attend (This is more serious in Germany than it sounds. Too many of those, and you can forget your Abitur (A-levels) and any future boss gets to see your records of attendence). NOW it is coming out that trade unions have been doing the same, AND they all get free beer and up to €50 per HOUR for being there! (The minimum wage is about €10 per hour, on average).

    Whoever turns up, and goes to the right office, can claim this.

    So, when you next see in your “news” that there were 20,000 protesters against PEGIDA, THINK about what I have told you here.

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    1. Paid protesters, I get it. Not just for environmentalist causes but what we used to call ‘rent-a-mob’. I just focused on how modern environmentalism has sold its soul to market manipulators. Otherwise I’d have been writing a book, not a blog post.

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